No college basketball coach is better compensated than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K has been at Duke since 1980 (36 years).  He has turned the Blue Devils into the premiere hoops school in the country.

It is hard to argue with this resume:

  • Five National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015)
  • Nine NCAA Championship game appearances.
  • 12 ACC regular season championships and 13 ACC Tournament championships.
  • 12 Final Four appearances and 13 Elite Eight appearances.
  • All-time leader in NCAA Tournament wins.
  • Two National Coach of the Year Awards.
  • Three-time Naismith Award winner.
  • Five-time ACC Coach of the Year.

Considering the resumes of some of the other coaches near the top of this list, Coach K seems like a bargain.

The table below lists only school-paid salary. Many coaches receive other compensation and have incentives built into their contracts.

College Basketball Coach Salary: List of Highest Paid in 2016-17

Mike KrzyzewskiDuke$7,299,666
John CalipariKentucky$6,580,000
Rick PitinoLouisville$6,004,529
Bill SelfKansas$4,748,776
Sean MillerArizona$4,535,664
Tom IzzoMichigan St$3,525,359
Thad MattaOhio St$3,372,000
Bob HugginsWest Virginia$3,325,000
Jamie DixonPittsburgh$3,234,437
Tom CreanIndiana$3,152,867
Kevin OllieUConn$3,100,000
Gregg MarshallWichita State$3,000,000
Lon KrugerOklahoma$2,850,000
John Thompson IIIGeorgetown$2,838,271
Shaka SmartTexas$2,800,000
John BeileinMichigan$2,760,833
Josh PastnerMemphis$2,650,000
Steve AlfordUCLA$2,630,000
Travis FordOklahoma St$2,625,000
Larry KrystkowiakUtah$2,575,000
Scott DrewBaylor$2,502,491
Jay WrightVillanova$2,477,245
Matt PainterPurdue$2,428,795
Mark TurgeonMaryland$2,360,121
Rick BarnesTennessee$2,250,000
Mike AndersonArkansas$2,239,588
Mick CroninCincinnati$2,201,305
Tony BennettVirginia$2,100,000
Mark GottfriedNorth Carolina State$2,060,000
Chris MullinSt John’s$2,000,000
Dana AltmanOregon$2,000,000
Fran McCafferyIowa$2,000,000
Roy WilliamsNorth Carolina$1,998,169
Larry BrownSouthern Methodist$1,911,894
Andy KennedyMississippi$1,808,814
Mark FoxGeorgia$1,700,000
Ed CooleyProvidence$1,656,099
Johnny JonesLSU$1,500,000
Steve ProhmIowa St$1,500,000
Mark FewGonzaga$1,374,811
Bobby HurleyArizona State$1,200,000
Chris MackXavier$1,186,661
Mike BreyNotre Dame$992,264
Steve FisherSan Diego State$958,740
Ben JacobsonNorthern Iowa$775,000
Larry ShyattWyoming$711,008
Rick ByrdBelmont$709,101
Archie MillerDayton$692,547
Leon RiceBoise State$602,167
Jerod HaaseUAB$525,000
Ron HunterGeorgia State$479,000
Bill CoenNortheastern$461,032
Marvin MenziesNew Mexico St$382,294
Bob McKillopDavidson$381,285
Brad UnderwoodStephen F. Austin$351,500
Fran O’HanlonLafayette$313,087
Russell TurnerCalifornia-Irvine$310,000
Will BrownAlbany$301,660
Bryce DrewValparaiso$285,927
Cliff EllisCoastal Carolina$238,245
Steve MasielloManhattan$237,636
Mike DavisTexas Southern$230,000
Matthew DriscollNorth Florida$193,820
David RichmanNorth Dakota State$190,000
Jim HayfordEastern Washington$174,020
Mike YoungWofford$161,043

Why Do Men’s D1 NCAAB Coaches Make So Much Money Each Year?

You might be shocked at how much some of these guys make, but just remember how much money a basketball program can generate for a school.  A good team gets 20+ home games drawing 10,000 plus in attendance, buying tickets, paying for parking, and then emptying out the concession stands.  A bad team sees the seats half-empty.  Even average teams can afford millions of dollars to the coaching staffs.

It’s no surprise that the top conferences like the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 litter the top of the list.  They have the biggest arenas and generate the most revenue.  Mid-majors though get addicted to winning, and they will do the best they can to hold on to someone who gives them hope of going to the tournament and competing every year.

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